Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer Days by Susan Mallery

Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to-the Castle Ranch in Fool's Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could've prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he's finding Heidi-and life as a cowboy-much more compelling than he wants to admit.
For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she's always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won't give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her yearn to be a little less...wholesome.
As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they'll discover that summer love can last a lifetime.

I have been a huge fan of the Fool's Gold series since the get-go and I was very excited for the next trilogy to begin. Back in Fool's Gold (after almost a year!) we spend time with goat farmer Heidi (yes, like the children's story complete with living with her grandfather!) and sexy millionaire Rafe.

There were a few issues for me with this story.  For starters, Heidi's grandfather has done something illegal and although his heart was in the right place, it doesn't seem to be realistically acknowledged that what he did was a crime.  Enter Rafe and his mother and their living situation just becomes bizarre.  It's a very silly (and not in a good way) and awkward plot line that had it hard to focus on what we were really reading about - the relationship between Heidi and Rafe.
"Summer Days" was a little bit harder for me to get in to because the image of a grown woman in braids raising goats just didn't seem to sit right in my mind. But visual images aside, the book doesn't disappoint. Susan Mallery is wonderful at what she does and it was wonderful to be back amongst friends and Rafe and Heidi just had you rooting for them. Show more

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